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Dec 21, 2010 6:32 PM by Melissa Canone

LA Workforce Commission Quickly Implementing Federal Extended Unemployment Compensation

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is making the
federal extension of unemployment compensation benefits fast and easy for
the 4,570 claimants immediately affected by the federal law approved
Friday.

The new law does not add more weeks of benefits, but it does extend the
filing deadline to apply for the federal EUC benefits until January 2012.
The maximum amount of time that anybody in Louisiana can receive
unemployment benefits remains at 73 weeks.

Eligible claimants who exhausted their state-funded regular unemployment or
Tier 1 or Tier 2 by the week ending Dec. 18, 2010, will be moved
automatically to the next level of benefits without having to call the LWC.
Claimants should still continue to file weekly claims for benefits online
or through the call center.

Eligible claimants who file EUC claims by 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 22,
should expect to have their benefits deposited by Friday, Dec. 24.

Anyone who exhausts regular unemployment benefits on Dec. 25, 2010, or
later will need to file a new claim online or through the LWC Customer Call
Center, 1-866-783-5567.

The LWC cannot automatically process claims for missing weeks for claimants
who have experienced a gap in benefits because of the break in the federal
EUC program. Any claimant who experienced such a gap must file their claim
to receive those benefits.

Beginning today, Tuesday, Dec. 21, claimants can file online at
www.laworks.net for prior weeks of EUC that they qualify for as far back as
the week ending Dec. 4, 2010.

To claim weeks prior to Dec. 4, claimants must call the LWC call center,
1-866-783-5567.

Claimants who exhausted regular UI benefits between Nov. 27 and Dec. 18
will be able to file for back weeks of EUC until Jan. 14, 2011. After that
date, the LWC will resume normal weekly filing requirements.

The federal law did not extend the $25 FAC payment, which ended on Dec. 11,
2010.

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